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The family and church home of Dr. Richard C. Braun, a 
resident of Cumberland County for 36 years and 
member of Pleasant Hill Community Church, in 

Pleasant Hill, TN, who died on Sunday, December 2. 
He suffered an aortic dissection on Thanksgiving Day 
and was taken from his home in Pleasant Hill to 
Cumberland Medical Center in nearby Crossville, TN. 
He was treated for a week before being moved to 
Wharton Home on the Uplands Retirement Village 
campus in Pleasant Hill, where he died two days later. 
He was 82. Dr. Braun died the way he had lived: with 
grace, in love, and in peace. 

Richard Charles Braun was born in St. Louis in 1930, to T. C. and Viola Braun. He 
received a Bachelor of Science degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and a Doctor 
of Medicine degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. 
Louis. At Grinnell College he met Gertrude "Trudy" Camp, and at Washington 
University he and she strengthened their friendship while she earned her nursing 
degree. They married in 1953. 

In 1956 Dr. and Mrs. Braun were commissioned as medical missionaries by the 
United Church Board for World Ministries, and in 1957 they and their young son 
arrived in the newly independent African nation of Ghana. 

In Ghana, Dr. and Mrs. Braun served together at hospitals in Worawora and 
Adidome. In addition to caring for patients at hospitals and rural outreach clinics, 
they trained Ghanaian nurses and medical students, ensuring that their work 
would continue after they left Africa. 

In 1971 Dr. and Mrs. Braun and their children came to Cumberland County for a 
two-year furlough. His parents had recently retired in Pleasant Hill, and he was 
drawn to the area by the reputation of the Cumberland Clinic Foundation, which he 

At the end of their furlough. Dr. and Mrs. Braun, with their three younger children, 
returned to Ghana for their last term there. In 1978 they left Ghana, having served 
the sick and healthy people of that country for 21 years, and moved back to 
Cumberland County, this time to stay. 

Dr. Braun resumed his work with the Cumberland Clinic Foundation. When the 
CCF closed in 1990, Dr. Braun began private family practice. He retired from 
private practice in 1993 but continued to volunteer his time and medical skills to 
people in underserved places, including Native American reservations in North 
Dakota and Arizona, the hurricane-wrecked coast of Honduras, and a remote town 




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He remained on tine staff of tine Cumberland Medical Center and also accepted the 
position of medical director at Wharton Home in Pleasant Hill, the town where he 
and his wife made their home, continuing in that capacity until just last year. 

He wrote frequently about health care issues in the Crossville Chronicle column 
"The Lion and the Lamb." He received many awards and honors but was most 
proud when he met or heard news of any of the thousands of people he had 
delivered into the world. He was an active member of the Pleasant Hill 
Community Church and of Uplands Village. 

Richard C. Braun is survived by his brother, Theodore A. Braun (a retired minister 
of the United Church of Christ), and his cousin, Marian Braun Ziebell, both of 
Pleasant Hill; his wife; his four children and their spouses; six grandchildren and 
two great-grandchildren. 

His family suggests that those who wish to honor his life might make donations to 
the United Church of Christ Global Ministries ( or 
Uplands Village ( 

The family and First Congregational Cliristian Cliurcli 

in Montgomery, AL, upon the death of the Rev. Dr. Paul 
E. Johnson on January 14. Dr. Johnson served as pastor 
of First Church from 1980 to 1985, and returned in 1988 
before retiring in 1993. He was married to Shirley Ann 
(Williams) Johnson for 55 years and had two children, 
Paula Lyman and Darryl Johnson. 

Paul Edwin Johnson was born in Buffalo, NY and 

ordained on November 30, 1958 by the Congregational 

Christian Churches (shortly to become the UCC) at Grace 
Congregational Church in Manhattan (Harlem), NY. Early in his career. Dr.. 
Johnson served as associate pastor of North New York Congregational Church in 
the Bronx, NY. He attended Talladega College in Alabama; the Hartford Seminary 
Foundation in Connecticut; Harvard University, and Auburn University. 

He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army, which resulted in his being awarded the 
Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service 
Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Parachutist Badge. Upon retiring 
from the Army as a lieutenant colonel, he was employed by the Alabama 
Department of Mental Health/Retardation as Quality Assurance Coordinator for 
Community Programs, Division of Mental Retardation. Dr. Johnson was a veteran 
of the Vietnam War. 

Dr. Johnson had held ministerial standing in the Alabama-Tennessee Association 
since 1974, even before assuming the First Church pastorate, due to his long 
residence in the Montgomery area. 

The family requests contributions be made to the Dr. Paul E. Johnson Education 
Scholarship Fund at Max Community Credit Union in Montgomery in honor of Dr. 

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